In the run-up to the 2016 election, Donald Trump promised potential voters that he would “drain the swamp” in Washington. While many members of the President’s own administration have been fired or resigned, it is not clear if he has kept his promise.
Mike Pence would like for the president to reaffirm his promise. Today, the Vice President called on Trump to drain the swamp that exists in the State Department.
Pence’s comments seemed to be in reference to the recent testimony of diplomat Bill Taylor. Taylor helped to tie Donald Trump directly to a quid pro quo with the Ukraine.
The Vice President appeared on the Ingraham angle on Tuesday night. He told the host, “There is no question when President Trump said we were going to drain the swamp, but an awful lot of the swamp has been caught up in the State Department bureaucracy and we’re just going to keep fighting it. And we are going to fight it with the truth.”
Some thought that it would be difficult for Republicans to undermine the testimony of Taylor. The well respected diplomat has worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents.
R. Nicholas Burns, who served as the under secretary of state for George W. Bush said, “Ambassador Bill Taylor is a person of integrity with a strong, ethical base. I would also describe him as a true patriot. His entire professional life has been in service to the U.S.”
Donald Trump said on Wednesday morning that Taylor didn’t know what he was talking about. He tweeted a quote from John Ratcliffe that read, “Neither he (Taylor) or any other witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld. You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo.”
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